EPAG Minutes
November 13, 2006
2:45-4:15, Campus Center 214

Kendrick Brown, Beth Cleary, Cheryl Contant, Natalia Espejo, Caroline Ettinger, Terri Fishel,  Ellen Guyer, Diane Michelfelder, Jayne Niemi, Joan Ostrove,  Wang Ping, Michael Schneider, Peter Weisensel (co-chair), Karl Wirth (co-chair)

  1. The minutes of the November 6th meeting were approved, after the attendance of Michael Schneider was duly noted.
  2. Regarding last week’s motion on the appeals process from FPC:  Peter will tell Karen Saxe that we formally agree with the message sent by the Provost.
  3. Study away appeals: The students were excused during this deliberation.  Peter reviewed our roles in appeals.  In spring of 2005, there was question about the difference between “misapplication of criteria” and “procedural”.   Discussion (again) of whether the letter says too much.  Four particular cases follow were reviewed, and in each case it was found that there were no procedural errors.  There was much discussion of whether the original applications should be read by the entirety of EPAG as an appeal body.  The question of whether SARC’s decisions may be deemed final with no possibility of appeal was raised and discussed.  Then the de facto appeal would be the Provost and President.  We still struggle with how the appeals are handled.  There are issues of process – we have to trust what has happened in SARC.  Many committee members are comfortable with having the President and Provost override decisions, when they are decisions driven by budget availability.   To conclude the discussion, a motion to reject the appeals was made and seconded, and all agreed that Peter should write to the students as soon as possible.  He will send a draft sample via email.
  4. EXCO discussion began, and the students returned.   The credit decision has been made.  EXCO wants to know what we want from them next time.  How can we support them now that the credit is off the table? One question we want to address is about what they expect in terms of staff support.   What about other budget impact?   Have they considered charging a nominal fee for courses?  When are classes going to be offered – the college has a limited classroom capacity during the semester.  Our current plan is to have EXCO representatives visit with us at 3:45 next week.
  5. GE Course forms:  please send comments to Karl quickly.
  6. Review allocations guideline document. Diane has the document that came from the Provost’s Office.

Adjourned 4:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jayne Niemi, Registrar